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Like a mosquito in a nudist camp…

…I know what I ought to do, but I don’t know where to begin!  I came across this quote by Stephen Bayne this morning and I thought it apropos of my current situation.  However, dear readers, you’ll be pleased to know I am getting caught up, albeit slowly.

The last weekend in November saw me at the Vollmer Complex in LaSalle as part of the homegrown talent event put on by the Windsor Endowment for the Arts.  It was wonderful!  All the crafters, sculptors, painters, jewellery makers, bands, and even a few literary types like me.  In fact, I shared a booth with Vanessa Shields, Robert Earl Stewart, and Mary Ann Mulhern and it was delightful getting to know these three mega-talented poets better.  And it was at our booth I witnessed true magic.

Vanessa and Bob decided to do something called “Poetry on Demand.”  (They had a banner ‘n everything!)  People would come up to our table, draw three words out of a basket Vanessa had prepared ahead of time, and then add three words of their own in a kind of word association.  Then our two master poets asked them to go browse the other booths for about ten minutes and come back to pick up their poem.  I couldn’t believe the work they produced!  If I might be trite for just a moment – it was awesome!  The people would return and Bob and Vanessa would read their poems to them and they just loved them!  Smiles and laughter and pure delight on their faces.  It was magical.  They talked me into trying my hand at it, just once, and I can’t remember ever doing anything so difficult!  Not to mention stressful!  So I politely declined further experimentation and left such mystical spell-weaving to the wizards.

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One Comment

  1. Anonymous
    Posted March 13, 2015 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Aw, this was a really good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to make a very good article… but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and don’t manage to get nearly anything done.

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